As part of SECOORA’s ten-year anniversary we will be highlighting coastal ocean observing in the Southeast! SECOORA members, principal investigators, technology experts and more will be featured every month on the Coastal Observing in Your Community webinar series. Register for the Tuesday, February 28, 12 PM ET webinar today!
Title: Coastal Ocean Circulation Influences on Matters of Societal Concern
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 12 PM ET
Speaker: Dr. Bob Weisberg, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
Abstract: The coastal ocean, defined as the continental shelf and the estuaries, is where society meets the sea. It is where bathing and boating abound, where major recreational and commercial fisheries are situated along with maritime commerce hubs, where harmful algal blooms occur, fossil fuels are tapped and alternative energy sources are considered for exploitation, and where tourists and residents simply go to relax. In essence, the coastal ocean is the epicenter for maritime ecosystems services. Managing all of these coastal ocean utilizations, some competitive with one another, and planning for future, sustainable uses, requires the ability to describe the state of the coastal ocean and to predict the effects that may ensue from either naturally occurring or human-induced influences. The state of the coastal ocean is largely determined by the ocean circulation. The circulation is what unites nutrients with light, fueling primary productivity, what determines the water properties in which fish and other organisms reside and what controls the movement of larvae between spawning and settlement regions. The circulation also determines the movement of harmful substances spilled into the sea and the conduct of search and rescue operations. Applications for red tide, gag grouper recruitment and the transport of Deepwater Horizon oil to northern Gulf of Mexico beaches will be discussed.
Link to learn more: http://secoora.org/webinar-series